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STRUKTUR GEOLOGI

Dosen pengampu:
I Putu Krishna Wijaya, ST., M.Eng
Geological Structures

Sideling Hill, I-68,


Washington County, MD
Today we will consider the structures in rocks
produced by deformation.
Deformation Processes
Wherever you see
sedimentary rocks that are
not lying horizontally, these
rocks have been deformed
in some large-scale process.

It is important to try to
imagine the scale of the
entire structure to which a
single area or outcrop
belongs.
Deformation
As a result of plate tectonics, the crust is constantly under
stress. Rocks respond to stress by deforming.
Deformation may be brittle, in which rocks will tend to
break, or ductile, in which they tend to flow or bend.

To an extent, brittle behavior characterizes the upper part


of the crust, since it is relatively cold. However, if the rate
at which a material is stressed is small enough, even rigid
materials may deform ductilely.
Response to Stress
Temperature has a role in the response of a material to stress,
but so does composition.
In general rocks with more water in them and which contain
more platy minerals (micas, clays) are more prone to
ductile deformation.
That is why sedimentary rocks in the shallow crust frequently
form fold belts, large provinces dominated by folded strata.
Types of Stress
There are three principal types of stress
(as are demonstrated on large scale by the three
plate tectonic boundaries):
compressive, tensional and shear.

Compression occurs when material is squeezed, when


bodies are pushed straight together.
Tension (or extension) is when material is pulled apart.
Shear deformation occurs as two bodies
slide past one another.
Types of
Stress
Traces of
Stress in Rocks

By measuring objects of know


undeformed dimensions, we
can estimate the nature and
magnitude of deformation.
Traces of Stress in Rocks

Orientation of slaty cleavage is another tool to estimate the


nature and magnitude of stress on a rock.
Brittle Deformation
Rocks that respond brittlely to stress
break. Where a rock breaks and no
movement takes place is called a
fracture.

Fractures in the shallow crust are


commonly evidenced by quartz
veins, where fluid once flowed and
later crystallized.
Faults
A fracture along which movement takes place is a fault.

acute angle = obtuse angle =


hanging wall foot wall

We classify faults based on direction of movement of


individual blocks, with reference to a horizontal plane.
Dip-Slip Faults

-- primary movement is
vertical

hanging wall reverse fault: old rocks are


foot wall brought up in hanging
wall

normal fault: old rocks are


brought up in foot wall

foot wall
hanging wall
Reverse (Thrust) Faults
Thrust fault:
reverse fault with
shallowly dipping
fault plane.

Reverse faults form as a result of compressional stresses, which


dominate in convergent plate tectonic margins.
Thrust faults can be crustal-scale, as shown in the lower diagram.
Normal Faults

Normal faulting is a result of tension (or extension).


Extension is the dominant stress at divergent plate boundaries.
The most classic normal fault valleys are present in
the axes of the mid-ocean ridges.
Surface Expressions of Dip-Slip Faults

How a fault is manifested on the surface depends on which is


greater: the rate of fault movement or the rate of erosion.
Faults that have not penetrated to the Earths surface are blind
faultsparticularly dangerous from an earthquake hazard
standpoint, since they are hard to detect and map out.
Strike-Slip Faults
-- primary movement is horizontal, not vertical, meaning no old
rocks are brought up or moved down relative to
the Earths surface

Strike-slip faults
result from shear
stress, like what we
see at transform
plate margins. The
San Andreas
system is a big
strike-slip fault
Identify the Fault
Identify the Fault
Reverse Fault

older rocks moved up


in hanging wall
Identify the Faults
Normal Faults

older rocks moved


down in hanging walls
Ductile Deformation
The most obvious imprint of ductile deformation on rocks are
folds.
Although rocks may be brittle at the Earths surface, ductile
features like folding occur partially because of elevated
temperature and pressure at depth in the Earth, partially
because the stresses are applied at very small rates: the same
rocks that respond brittlely when stress is applied rapidly will
tend to deform ductilely when the same stress is applied over
a long time.
Folds are generally produced by compression, and so
characterize convergent plate tectonic situations.
Types of Folds

How do you know which


way is up?
Plunging Folds

In nature, folded areas commonly contain folds whose axes are


not horizontal: they plunge. These make the familiar fold shapes
on topographic maps and satellite images.
Plunging Folds

The Valley and Ridge Province of the central Pennsylvania


Appalachians is a classic example of folding.
Scales
of Folding

Folding can take place on highly


variable scales.
How do the scales of these two
folds compare?
Scales
of Folding

1 meter
1000x
different
1 millimeter
Soft Sediment Deformation
Not all deformation has to occur very deep in the Earth.
Sediments frequently show familiar fold structures. These come
from loading of material on water-rich layers of sediment.
Soft Sediment Deformation
Here, layers of basaltic ash were deposited on a shallow lake
shore. Later material loaded on top of it caused the wet ash
layer to slump and contort. 15,000 yr later this is barely lithified
into a sedimentary rock, yet it preserves spectacular folds.
Brittle + Ductile Features (small scale)
A vein such as this may have formed in a fracture, but
subsequent ductile deformation caused its wiggly appearance.
Composite Brittle + Ductile Features

Many deformation structures are composite in nature. Fold belts


(compressional) commonly contain numerous reverse faults.
Topographic Relief

p.359
Isostasy
Isostasy
is the
gravitational
balance of
masses at
the Earths
surface.

The balance is based on the contrast in density of the materials


involved. The crust is lower density than the mantle.
Icebergs and
Isostasy
Why did the Titanic sink?
Partly to blame is isostasy:
sea ice is much more
massive below the water
line than above. What
ripped into the Titanics hull
was probably not visible
from on deck.
Isostasy
Due to the low density of the crust relative to the mantle,
mountain belts will have deep roots. These protrude into the
upper mantle and provide an isostatic counterbalance to the
mass above the mantle surface.

This hypothesis has been further tested using seismology, which


reveals thick crustal roots beneath mountain belts.
Isostatic Adjustments
Sediment is less dense
than consolidated rock,
but still provides
significant mass when
removed from one area
and deposited in another.
Sediment Loading

Sediment erosion and


loading will result in
epeirogenic uplift and
This model is consistent with what
subsidence.
we see in the modern Mississippi
delta, for example.
Other forms of Crustal Loading

Ice is less dense than


rock, but pile enough up
on the crust, and it will
have an isostatic impact.
Glacial Rebound

Most of Scandinavia is experiencing rapid uplift, as a result of


the removal of glacial ice over the past dozen millennia.
Crust Goes Up...
Crust Goes Down
Formation of a divergent
plate boundary will cause
regional uplift, as will the
impinging of a hot mantle
plume on the base of the
continental crust.

Ocean crust cools and


sinks as it ages and
diverges from the spreading
center, causing epeirogenic
subsidence. p.499
There are Pacific
Northwest
Mountains
and there
are
Mountains Sierra
Nevada or
Rockies
Basin and
Mountains can Range

result from a
western
variety of different Appalachians
forces and
processes.

Himalayas or
central Appalachians p.495
The Constant Battle Between
Tectonic Uplift and Erosion

p.370
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